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49ers Trade Kentwan Balmer

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    Kentwan Balmer has been shipped to Seattle.

    The San Francisco 49ers brought the incredibly stupid Kentwan Balmer saga to end an end early Monday morning. Balmer was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round draft pick, Matt Barrows reports for the Sacramento Bee.

    Balmer had gone AWOL from 49ers training camp, upset that his lousy play was costing him a chance at the starting defensive end position.

    It's not particularly good value to trade a first-round draft pick for a sixth-round draft pick. Balmer was the 49ers' first-round draft pick in 2008, and this will only be his third season.

    But at this point, the 49ers were so exasperated with his antics that they would have taken a 1.5-ounce bag of Lay's potato chips for Balmer's contract. It's surprising they somehow talked Seattle up from a seventh-rounder.

    In Seattle, Balmer will play under coach Pete Carroll and the personnel executive who drafted him, former 49ers' GM Scot McCloughan.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is not exactly fearing the wrath of Balmer when the 49ers and Seahawks face off in the first game of the regular season.